Please welcome one of the most kind-hearted, wonderful people we know. Bailey Bradford is in the house, folks! (Runs round screaming like there’s no tomorrow. Calm down. Must. Calm. Down. Ahem.) Bailey is awesome, and we’re so pleased to have her here. Can you tell? So join us, won’t you? Settle down for a great interview!

Studioenp: Silence or noise when writing?

Bailey Bradford: Silence, because I have severe ADD and any noise at all distracts me.

Studioenp: Oh, Em’s with you on that. Silence is golden. Bee-ay-ootiful! So, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. What’s your latest release?

Bailey Bradford: Calendar Men 3, Mr. March! I’m having so much fun with this series!

Studioenp: Oooh, sounds great. How did the plot come about for it?

Bailey Bradford: I am a pantser, so the plot comes out as I’m writing, with the characters taking lead. It’s an adventure I get to go on with them, and all the twists and turns are new to me as the story unfolds.

Studioenp: (Em: The best way to write!) How long did it take you to write it?

Bailey Bradford: Because of the severity of my ADD, I have to hyper-focus to get things like writing a book done. This means I usually write in long spells, over a period of a few days, and at times average 20k or so words in a sitting. It’s exhausting and difficult to do, but I will lose the story thread if I try to write slower.

Studioenp: Again, Em gets this. Stopping when everything is waiting there on your head feels…wrong. What’s next on your writing list?

Bailey Bradford: More Calendar Men books, one or two more Power series shorts, and I’ll be self-pubbing The Jasper Soul and Bowen’s Battle, both former blog stories, in the next month or so. Then there’s a twelve-book series I plan to start in June!

Studioenp: Series, love them. Especially yours. Em’s fave is about a shifter who loves doughnuts! One of the characters in the Leopard’s Spots series, isn’t it? Are you a plotter or panster?

Bailey Bradford: Total pantser unless there’s a story line that carries over in a series, then there’s a bit of plotting that has to be done.

Studioenp: What is your go-to form of procrastination?

Bailey Bradford: Reading, painting, Guitar Hero, or watching reruns of The Office. I mean, I have lots of procrastination tactics, lol!

Studioenp: Paul loves The Office, especially the US version. How many hours per week do you write?

Bailey Bradford: I write two instalments on the free blog story every week at baileysplayroom.blogspot.com, and that’s about four hours or so there. If I have a book due in, add another forty plus hours of writing for that, and on non-deadline weeks, it varies. I do a lot of writing for myself.

Studioenp: Full plate, then! What’s one genre you’ve always wanted to write but haven’t—and will you ever write it?

Bailey Bradford: I’ve always wanted to write a lot of other genres 😀 But I will tackle a mystery next, because my friend, Linda Nasuta, who passed away February 24th, encouraged me to do so, and I’ll do it in her honor.

Studioenp: Aww, that’s really lovely, and we’re so sorry for your loss. Hug. What’s the best book you’ve written?

Bailey Bradford: That changes from day to day, depending on my mood and memories. But here’s what I’m going with: The best book is the next one I write. And every book after that. I hope every book is better than the one before it.

Studioenp: Yes, that’s a good way of looking at it. Well, it’s been really great having you here, and we look forward to you coming back again sometime.

Now, dear readers, please snag a slice of bakewell tart or a chocolate muffin—two things to eat today because we went shopping last night, lucky you—and read Bailey’s excerpt. Enjoy!

Blurb for Mr. March:

Curiosity didn’t kill this cat…

Jason Eddings is a foreman for a construction company by day and a mountain lion at night. He got suckered into doing a calendar shoot. Little did he know that his sisters, Cindy and Anne, were hoping to set him up with Gregg, another man on the calendar shoot. That never happened, because Gregg met Albert.

Jason’s posing for Mr. March, working and running from some memories, and maybe even himself. One night, he runs right into a tranquilizer dart. When he wakes up at a wildlife refuge, he finds himself intrigued by the veterinarian who is watching him.

Casey’s a newly graduated veterinarian. He thought there was something special about the mountain lion, but he didn’t have a clue how much his life was about to change.

Reader Advisory: This book contains mentions of stalking and harassment, as well as scenes of violence, assault, kidnap and reference to murder.

Excerpt for Mr. March:

Copyright 2018

Bailey Bradford

“That’s a wrap for the day! Thanks to Arturo letting us use his pretty property, we just might finish this calendar on time after all.” Perry gave Jason Eddings a thumbs-up. “You looked like the stud you are, Mr. March. Unless the shots I took of you aren’t as incredible as I think they’ll be, you’re done here.”

Jason returned the gesture to Perry. “Call me if you need me to pose again. For this calendar, I mean. Don’t think I’m made to be a model after this.”

Perry came over and hugged him. “You could be if you wanted to, so if you ever decide you don’t want to be a construction foreman anymore, let me know. Don’t be a stranger, Jay. You’re still going to come to our monthly bar crawls.”

“The last one almost killed me,” Jason admitted. “You outdrank me and everyone else there. I’ll never try keeping up with you again.”

Perry released him and stepped back. “Y’all are all light-weights. I bet Albert could keep up with me.”

“No way. I hate booze.” Albert nudged Perry. “It’s gross.”

Jason murmured his goodbyes as Albert, his boyfriend Gregg, and Perry all started bantering over the pros and cons of alcohol. Jason was going to thank Arturo on the way out, but Arturo and Darin had their heads together, speaking to one another in low voices. Jason could scent the pheromones coming off the two of them. Ain’t love grand?

Jason was a tad jealous. Love seemed to be in the calendar shoot air, with Gregg and Albert falling for each other, then Darin and Arturo pairing up.

There wasn’t a chance of Jason finding a lover on the set—for one thing, he wouldn’t be back. Perry took amazing photos—he knew she’d love the ones of him. Not because he was a stud as she’d claimed, but because she was talented enough to make a gargoyle look like a sexy movie star.

As he walked around the side of the house, Jason ignored the mountain lion part of himself that had hoped to get to see the koi again. He knew his beast well. His cat wanted to play with the koi, and not in a way the koi would have enjoyed.

It was best that he hadn’t gone near the pond today. Controlling himself was a battle at times, and Jason had shifted when he shouldn’t have on more than one occasion.

Turning into a predatory feline with a propensity for fishing wasn’t something Jason wanted to do right then. His cat yowled at him, the sound an internal one that bounced around his skull for a few seconds. “Behave,” Jason murmured to himself. “If you don’t, we’re not going for a run tonight.”

That threat tamed his beast. There was nothing quite like the freedom of being his mountain lion and running down prey, hunting it in the night.

About Bailey Bradford:

I’ve been writing gay erotic romances for nine years now and love every minute of it now more than ever. There are so many stories waiting to be told, it’s difficult to pick which one to take n next.

I’m an introvert and would love to stay home forever if I could. My imagination is always going full-blast. If I’m not writing, I’m reading or drawing, baking or doing something because I’m not so good at sitting down and doing nothing.  I’ve spoken and written openly about my struggles with double-depression, GAD, PTSD and ADD. Hey, life’s an adventure!

I love interacting with readers and appreciate each and every one of y’all.

Also, I was born and raised in Texas, hence the y’all’s that I don’t try to censor. I now live in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and love it. This place soothes my soul.

I’m gender-nonconforming and learning more about that part of myself every day.

If there’s anything you’d like to ask, email me at itsbaileybradford@yahoo.com or contact me via one of my social media links. Thanks!

 

     

 

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